Mar 31

Pepsi Competition Delayed

Following yesterday's request by Commander-in-Chief Tommy Tradewell, the VFW wishes to notify members and supporters that voting on the Pepsi Refresh competition will not begin until May 1, 2010.

More details will be passed along as that date nears.

Permanent link to this article: http://myvfw.org/fl/post8696/general/pepsi-competition-delayed/

Mar 30

Commander-in-Chief Requests Help

Dear Comrades and Supporters:
 
A few days ago I sent you a message informing you that the VFW Foundation was applying for a $250,000 "Pepsi Refresh" grant to support VFW's "Return the Favor" campaign at the highest grant amount ($250,000) in the next open period (April 1, 2010).
 
As I explained previously, we have launched this campaign so that we can continue providing the resources to support the unmet needs of our service members and their families and programs designed to boost the morale of active duty troops and their families.
 
Since 2004, the VFW and its Foundation has provided over $3,400,000 in direct grants to military families for unmet needs such as rent, mortgage, utilities, vehicle repair, medical expenses and food/basic aid. In many instances, our intervention has stopped evictions and foreclosures on homes owned by troops and their families. We also hold numerous "welcome home" or "sendoff" events for our troops so that they know that America truly cares and is thankful for their service.
 
Here is how you can help:
 
Starting on April 1 (at 12:01 a.m.) you can go online to www.refresheverything.com and vote for VFW's "Return the Favor" project.  Click on the "Food and Shelter" Category and then the "$250,000" grant level.  You will find VFW's "Return the Favor" idea, pictures and a YouTube Video about the VFW, its programs and a description of our proposal which begins with, "Return the Favor to troops and their families for urgent unmet needs"
 
Remember, the projects that receive the most votes will be awarded grants from the Pepsi Corporation.  Please vote and vote often for our project.  You can vote once every day for our project during the month of April.  You can help the effort even more by telling your friends, family and colleagues about our proposal and encouraging them to cast a vote our way.   Please send out an email blast to family, friends, colleagues, post a message on Facebook, Tweet about it, or put up a flyer to encourage others to vote as well.
 
With your assistance, we'll be able to continue working on behalf of our military service members and their families.

Thank you for your support
 
Click on link to vote: http://www.refresheverything.com/ReturnTheFavor
 
Sincerely,
Thomas J. Tradewell Sr.

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Mar 24

Separate Legislation Now Required to Protect VA, DOD Healthcare Programs

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2010 – Millions of Americans are now covered by the new national healthcare law, but according to the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., missing from the healthcare bill the president signed into law today was language to specifically protect the integrity and viability of the healthcare programs provided by the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense.

That means separate legislation introduced over the weekend is now required before America's veterans, servicemembers and dependents can rest assured that their healthcare programs will be protected now and in the future.

"The VFW is not against national healthcare,” said Thomas J. Tradewell Sr., a combat-wounded Vietnam veteran from Sussex, Wis. "Our sole interest in the entire debate is to ensure that the programs provided by VA and DOD were recognized and protected. All VFW ever asked for months now for the promises made to be written into the final bill. They were not."

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Mar 24

March/April 2010 Checkpoint Magazine

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Mar 19

VFW Washington Weekly – March 19, 2010

In This Issue:
1. VA to Ease Gulf War Benefits
2. Claims Summit Draws a Crowd
3. Vietnam MIA Identified


2. Claims Summit Draws a Crowd: VFW participated in a claims summit held by House VA Committee Chairman Bob Filner (D-CA).  More than 50 witnesses discussed problems, ideas and potential solutions to help the disability claims process.  Overhauling the veterans' benefit delivery system is the number one priority goal of the VFW.  We have asked VBA to improve their process by enhancing training and quality, improving IT infrastructure, and demanding a total commitment from leadership to accurately adjudicate claims the first time.  For a list of VFW's 2010 legislative priority goals, go to http://www.vfw.org/PR/Legislative/2010PriorityGoals%20PROOF.pdf.

Read more Washington Weekly

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Mar 19

VA Recognizes "Presumptive" Illnesses in Iraq, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki today [Thursday] announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking steps to make it easier for Veterans to obtain disability compensation for certain diseases associated with service in the Persian Gulf War or Afghanistan.  This will be the beginning of historic change for how VA considers Gulf War Veterans' illnesses.

Following recommendations made by VA's Gulf War Veterans Illnesses Task Force, VA is publishing a proposed regulation in the Federal Register that will establish new presumptions of service connection for nine specific infectious diseases associated with military service in Southwest Asia during the Persian Gulf War, or in Afghanistan on or after September 19, 2001.  

"We recognize the frustrations that many Gulf War and Afghanistan Veterans and their families experience on a daily basis as they look for answers to health questions, and seek benefits from VA," said Secretary Shinseki.

The proposed rule includes information about the long-term health effects potentially associated with the nine diseases: Brucellosis, Campylobacter jejuni, Coxiella burnetii (Q fever), malaria, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Nontyphoid Salmonella, Shigella, Visceral leishmaniasis and West Nile virus.

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Mar 15

NY Man Attempting 4,500 Mile "Patriot Walk" for Veterans

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — Mark Klodzinski, a Western New York native, will embark on a cross-country walk to raise money and awareness for American Veterans.

Mark will begin his 4,500 mile journey on March 16th, and hopes to raise over $1 million for the cause.

Mark hopes to travel 25 miles a day, meaning his entire trip will take him about 8 months, stopping at local American Legion and VFW Posts across the country.

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View route and follow on his website here

Follow Mark's Facebook page here

Permanent link to this article: http://myvfw.org/fl/post8696/general/ny-man-attempting-4500-mile-quotpatriot-walkquot-for-veterans/

Mar 10

VFW Cites Backlog, Health Care as Top Legislative Priorities

Washington D.C.,March 9, 2010 — In his opening statement today before a joint hearing of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees, Thomas J. Tradewell Sr., the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., testified about his organization's concern with the national health care debate, and whether or not it will impact the health care programs currently provided to veterans and military retirees by the VA and the military's Tricare system.

"Many promises have been made — by the president and by this Congress — that VA and Tricare will be protected, but a free press and an even freer Internet continue to fuel speculation that both health systems will be lost and/or absorbed into a larger national plan," said Tradewell, who leads the nation's largest and oldest major combat veterans' organization. "America's veterans and military retirees look to you — our champions in Congress — to protect both programs, and to do so vocally at every opportunity."

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Permanent link to this article: http://myvfw.org/fl/post8696/general/vfw-cites-backlog-health-care-as-top-legislative-priorities/

Mar 07

"Making Virutual Friends" VFW Blogger Interviews of D.Peirce & IJK

 Donald Peirce  Iris Joe Kelley


D. Peirce, a  senior blogger on the VFW Network  says making virtual friends is " better than buying drinks in a canteen."   "It's like a living history." says IJK, one of the first VFW Post bloggers online with VFW WebCOM.* 

Donald Peirce and "IJK," Iris Joe Kelley have been blogging for their VFWs for years.  Recently they responded to email Interviews with MyVFW.  Here's what they had to say:   MORE>

Does your post, auxiliary or department need a modern web presence?  Claim your sites here.

Permanent link to this article: http://myvfw.org/fl/post8696/general/making-virutual-friends-vfw-blogger-interviews-of-d-peirce-ijk/

Mar 07

VFW Washington Conference Live Stream

You can also join us for chat while watching the live stream at My VFW WebCOM.

Permanent link to this article: http://myvfw.org/fl/post8696/general/vfw-washington-conference-live-stream/

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